Cook Islands introduces this season’s levies


<p style="text-align: justify;">The Cook Islands government has introduced seasonal levies on imported fruit and vegetables as of last week. The levy was introduced in 2006 to protect the local produce market from a flood of imported fruits and vegetables. <!--more-->It is lifted in the summer months, when local growers are less likely to meet customer demand.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The 25% levy will apply to lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, tomatoes, courgettes, Brussels sprouts, beans and peas, cucumber and avocado. Potatoes and onions will not be levied. Fresh fruits – bananas, mangoes, lemons, oranges, tangelos/mandarins, grapefruit and pineapple – will be hit with a 75% levy.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Produce not grown locally will not such as pineapple and red capsicum will continue to be imported normally. The produce levy remains until December 1.</p>